Sunday, July 14, 2019

Keelan Walker Photography

I’ve been wanting to kind of get back to promoting the mom and pop shops of the area. Might even do some I’ve done in the past. But for now, I want to talk about a guy that has been on my Facebook friends list for a while and I had never met him. Until yesterday.

Keelan Walker has a photography studio in Petersville, straight across from the Petersville Church of Christ. Here, he begins to work his magic  with the camera and his subjects. Newborns, babies, children and wedding photography is his specialty. Instantly upon meeting Keelan, you could just tell he’s got the “it” factor to work with children. That “it” factor also shows in his work. Of course having great subjects to work with helps,… but  I would imagine working with children sometimes can get testy. His photos show that he is a true artist behind the lens.

Don’t just take my word for it. Go to his Facebook page KeelanWalkerPhotography and see for yourself and click the like button. I’m also going to share a few photos of his work here too,….

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

HandyFest Parade In Tuscumbia? Say What?!?!?!?,....

Well, well, well,.... So the Handy parade will be in Tuscumbia. Man that's sad. According to one in the know, I asked why. The reason given was,... there was not a good turnout for last years parade. So now the parade will be rotated between the cities that participate. While I appreciate getting an answer,... whoever made this decision is an idiot. Moving the parade to cities with smaller populations will not increase the public coming out to support the parade,... in 90 degree heat at the very least. It's hot, humid, I personally do not want to stand in the heat. Instead of moving the parade out of Florence,... move the whole thing,... to a cooler month. Like October or April. Mr Handy neither died or was born in July. Moving the parade out of Florence, where he was born has got to be the stupidest thing I have ever seen. Well other than making it a music festival instead of honoring the Blues,.. which he is the "Father" of. Before long,... the Handy Fest will have gone the way of the Spirit of Freedom celebration at McFarland. Remember when there used to be 30,000 people down there before the fireworks went off? I do,... and now that has gone the way of a wet firecracker.

Man, I tell ya,... I just shake my head in disgust at the leadership in the Shoals area. Whats next? Helen Keller festival in Florence? No thank you,... I won't celebrate a damn communist.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Gone But Not Forgotten,....

Facebook friends and relatives sometimes come and go for whatever reasons. But when they pass away,... there is no coming back. Recently our high school class lost another one and it got me to thinking about how many on my personal friends list have passed away since Facebook became a thing for me. Eleven people that were on my friends list have left this earth. Each one has a special place in my heart and thoughts. A few passed away suddenly and a few had lingering issues of one kind or another. Today, I want to pay tribute to these eleven.  

Donna Taylor, the most recent to pass away. She and I went to school from the 3rd grade on through high school at least. Her brother Johnny was a good friend back in elementary school and he also has passed away. 
 Mary Scott,... another classmate with all of the uniqueness of a true Southern lady. She never wore white after Labor Day,... loved her dogs,... was an avid Auburn fan and loved and lived life to the fullest.
 Sir Rodney,... an avid Bama fan he created a sauce that was second to none. BamaNation Hot Sauce was the best. Roll Tide!!
 Tonia Glover,... We first met at school back in junior high. She always had a smile and the best outlook on life.
 Rickey Beasley,... Another one of my friends from elementary school through high school. Always good with his hands and anything mechanical. Rickey loved his family, cars and Auburn football.
 Miss Stella,.... As fine a person as you would want to meet. Although she may have had some physical limitations,... she never let that stop her from doing what she wanted. She'd give you a big Roll Tide too!!
 Jimmie Hills,... Jimmie was legendary. He cut my hair for many years and always had a story to tell. Never telling the same one twice. And usually it included George Jones. Great guy that would always greet you with,... "Hey son",...
 Jan Crawford,... aka Earth Momma. Met her from the TimesFaily forums. Super lady and very intelligent and wise.
 Harvey Allgood,... Another one from the forums but I knew him from my time working at Peck Ace years ago. Great guy and loved his dogs,...
 Gail Gould,... Another one from the forums that left an impression. She too was wise beyond her years.
Chris Schweighardt,....  My friend, my boss and yes my exwife. Miss her. We remained good friends and worked together even at some peoples disbelief.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Some Things To Think About,....

Sometimes the English language can be a beautiful thing,... other times it can be frustrating. Then other times it can just make one think,... why and how.

Quicksand works slowly.

Boxing rings are square.

Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars, and he’ll believe you.  Tell him a bench has wet paint, and he has to touch it.

Why is it that a writer writes, but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce, humdingers don’t hum, and hammers don’t ham?

If you can make amends, can you just make one amend?

Why do you recite at a play but you play at a recital?

How can a SLIM CHANCE and a FAT CHANCE be the same, while a WISE MAN and a WISE GUY are opposites?

Why do feet smell and noses run?

If it was only a 3-hour cruise, why did MRS. HOWELL have so many clothes?

How does a building burn up as it burns down?

Why do you fill out a form by filling it in?

IF “Con” is the Opposite of “Pro”, then what is the opposite of PROGRESS?

Why is LEMON JUICE mostly artificial ingredients, but DISHWASHING LIQUID contains real lemons?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Memorial Day Poem,….

I’ve borrowed this poem that describes the meaning of what Memorial Day is so well. Written by a classmate of mine, Jimmy Hatcher. He just has a way with words and verse. 

As we all enjoy a little down time, grill time, family time,… be sure to remember what this weekend is all about. Remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and remember their families.


There's a marker that's standing near where you live free,

Standing guard o'er a resting place there.

Underneath lies a hero of dear liberty,

Who has died for the patriots' heirs.

There've been hundreds of thousands who've died in the fight,

While defending our freedoms and land.

And because of them we can hold on to the right

To resist the tyrannical hand.

These heroes relinquished their dreams and tomorrows

Protecting our freedoms and dreams.

And their fam'lies press on in their grief and their sorrows,

Though they know what the sacrifice means.

So remember the men and the women who died

Passing on freedom's blessings to you.

They're not here to enjoy, with their families beside,

That Memorial Day barbecue.

Jim Hatcher

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Quotes from Lewis Grizzard,…

From time to time I search for famous and maybe not so famous quotes and share them here,… I’ve done Yogi Berra, Mohammad Ali and another one or two in years past,… Today it is Lewis Grizzard’s turn to be shared. Grizzard was a notable Southern humorist from Georgia that had a fantastic insight to life in the South. and life in general.

The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.

The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wiggle out of one.

You call to a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, 'What's in it for me?'

I was raised to think women had babies, stayed at home, and men worked. By the time I got ready to do it, I thought I had all the answers. Only somebody had changed the questions.

I'm a staunch believer in enterprise, and I'm glad I live in a country where - I don't think some people understand this, but if I work hard, I get rewarded for it.

I grew up in a very large family in a very small house. I never slept alone until after I was married.

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and give her a house.

Yankees don't understand that the Southern way of talking is a language of nuance. What we can do in the South is we can take a word and change it just a little bit and make it mean something altogether different.

There's no such thing as being too Southern.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

CBD Oils & Such,….

Okay I bit the bullet,… after reading about CBD oils and Hemp products and seeing the results from others,… I tried a 500mg CBD oil.

Before I go much further, I was taking anywhere from 10-16 ibuprofen a day. Not a week,… a day. My joints (no pun intended)  ached to the point I needed some relief. Chalk it up to old age or whatever but  my moving parts knew when they were moving and kept saying stop. By the way,… Ibuprofen isn’t good for the kidneys. The bad side effects are many. I had switched to ibuprofen from Goody Powders because the powders weren’t good for the stomach,… So now,….

I have a friend, Connie Putnam on Facebook that is in with a company selling Hemp products, Hempworx.  All legal of course. I had read about the CBD oils having good success on a variety of ailments and problems people have. So I order from her website,…  Click here,… I order the 500 mg bottle with cinnamon.  You will have to adjust the dosage to fit your needs as I did. Once done,… I kept on that same dosage until now,… 5 weeks ago. After just a couple of days I could already tell a difference. My joint pains lessened to the point I no longer needed the ibuprofen. I’ve gone from 10-16 a day to zero in 5 weeks. It simply works. I’m so glad I did try it.

Real CBD oils aren’t cheap. After my first purchase I did shop around for a better price. I found some but,… when comparing, remember to compare apples to apples,… the “cheaper” prices were just that,… cheap. To get the same effects I’m getting I would have to buy more of the cheaper product which in some cases I would have actually been paying more,… So always deal with a reputable company like HempWorx